Sunday, November 30, 2008
My writing is like this too. I don't have written lists, but I do have little rituals. As soon as I sit in my chair I check email. Next, I skim the Verla Kay boards for anything new since the last time I looked. It doesn't take long. Usually, no more than an hour or so has passed since the last time I looked. I check my blog to see who has stopped by. And finally, I open the Visual Thesaurus I have booked marked on the computer to use as a writing reference (great site BTW). At this point I am ready to write.
Lately I've added another little ritual to my writing routine. This one, however, has turned out to be a problem. I hate to admit it, but I've started playing games on the computer. The shame! I think I will simply play 10 minutes, just for fun. When I'm done, I'll get right back to writing. Except 10 minutes turns into 30, then 60. Before I know it, my writing time is wasted and I've accomplished nothing. My daily to-do list isn't completed, and I have to push writing to the next day.
Today, I'm deleting the game I downloaded. It's become a destructive distraction - an excuse for not finishing a WIP. Time to get back to business!
What are your distractions?
Friday, November 28, 2008
1. Never make public goals that are impossible to keep (NanoWriMo).
2. Blogging is addicting.
3. Edit before you post.
4. Visit other blogs.
5. Bloggers are fun people!!
I'm looking forward to the next month of blogging!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
LibraryThing is a cool tool that helps you create a library-quality catalog of your books. It’s easy to join. Simply go to the site, enter a user name and password, and you’re done. You can set up your books on a “bookshelf” or in a list. The first 200 books entered are free, or you can enter as many as you like for $10 (year) or $25 (life).
The site allows you to search, sort, and edit book information. I typed in my titles, and the Library of Congress or Amazon filled in the rest of the information. You can also rate your books and write reviews. Because you catalog online, LibraryThing can connect you with people who read the same things. You can keep your library private, or you can share your profile. Your profile connects you to people who share your books.
The website also allows you to create and join groups – much like Yahoo groups. You can start clubs or private groups for friends. You can also participate in the group forum called “Talk.” The forum system allows you to see the conversations happening in all groups or just your groups.
Another feature is called LibraryThing Local. LibraryThing Local keeps track of bookstore events, library and book festivals, author readings, signings, and discussions in your area.
Take a few minutes and check it out. Take the tour. It's worth the visit. Have fun!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Sarah Prineas’ characters jumped off the page and into my heart. Conn is a quiet observer. He’s intelligent and honorable. His voice rings true, and I was sympathetic to him from the beginning. My favorite secondary character is Benet – a hired thug and bodyguard who likes to knit and cooks a good biscuit.
The Magic Thief is the first in a planned trilogy. I am already impatiently awaiting the second book!
Publisher: HarperCollins 6/2008
Nano update: 7704 words
Saturday, November 15, 2008
I've decided to take up Rena's wedding photo challenge. After rummaging through the cobwebs in the crawl space I located the album (and decided I should probably store it someplace other than the crawl space).
Thursday, November 13, 2008
GOES TO... The Bookshelf Muse!
I am proud to say I am an "Esteemed Stalker" of The Bookshelf Muse: a collection of musings about reading, writing and other randomness.
Troubles writing a description? Not a problem. A simple trip to Angela and Becca's Setting Description Thesaurus will put your thinker back in gear. Does your character have issues with expression? Visit the Emotion Thesaurus - "an 'idea bank' for the times when you get stuck."
I have recommended this site not only to my writer friends, but also to my coworkers who teach writing. Keep it coming, ladies! Terrific site!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
- a reputable agent is familiar with the needs of the current market and will evaluate your manuscript accordingly
- they should determine the quality of your piece and whether it is saleable
- when your manuscript sells, your agent should negotiate a favorable contract and clear up any questions you have about payments
- agents have limitations - representation does not guarantee sales - it only recognizes potential in your writing
- some agents may offer criticism or advice on how to improve your work
- "Breaking Down the Query Letter"
- Finish your novel before submitting
- Logline: 1 sentence summary
- Pitch: 3-6 sentence summary (also known as book jacket pitch)
- Short synopsis: Front to back telling of the story. Introduces characters, conflict, and includes ending. Told in present tense. 1 page single spaced, or 2 pages double-spaced.
- Long synopsis: General rule of thumb - one page summary per 30 pages text
- Full (spotless) manuscript
- check out the new GLA blog at www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog